Let’s say that you haven’t been using your juicer or blender much lately. My first question would be, why? Juicers are great ways to make delicious juices, free of pulp and full of vitamins that are great for adults, teenagers and children. And if you want it done quicker, with no mess to clean up and with none of the food & nutrients going to waste, your blender should be used throughout most of the week.
So in order to get you back into the spirit of being healthy, I have dug up some great fall recipes that may inspire you.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Did you just read that correctly? It is 100% possible to enjoy the flavor of a pumpkin pie without all of the sugar, bad carbs and bloated calories.
You’re going to want to get your high-performance blender out for this one. We have great reviews for these appliances in our kitchen appliances category page where you can find a blender that fits your performance and price-point needs. Please leave your old blender at the door as it is of no use to you here.
What you’ll need:
- 1 frozen banana – this is a base for the smoothie and you will not be able to taste it (don’t tell my partner, she hates bananas but loves this smoothie)
- 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt – choose whichever you find to taste better for you
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon – but if you’re like me and love cinnamon, add just that tiny bit more
- 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice – brand you can find in the grocery store is called McCormick
- 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree – this can be from a can or fresh
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup – real maple syrup, not the ones that are labeled as ‘table syrup’ or ‘breakfast syrup’.
- 1 cup of ice – optional or you can add a bit less if you’re looking to make this smoothie thicker
With a high-grade blender, blend it on a high setting for about 3 minutes to get the best consistency.
Pumpkin Spice Latte (with no coffee)
Not everyone likes coffee and I’m one of those people. Some households also have children who love pumpkin spice but aren’t supposed to have any coffee. Unfortunately for many people, pumpkin spice lattes are only available at coffee shops so those who hate coffee or those who aren’t supposed to have it miss out on this delicious drink.
Fortunately, it is now possible…to some. Ninja blenders won’t be enough to finish the job this time around as a ‘soup’ setting is required and this is the domain of the newer Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree – fresh or canned is fine
- 4 cups of milk
- 1/4 cup of sugar – choose white or brown based on your preference
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract – preferably organic, and not imitation, for ideal taste
Throw all of these ingredients into the Vitamix 5200 super package blender and turn the dial onto the soup option. This will blend and heat the components inside. The machine will turn off on its own when it is ready so do not be surprised if it lasts for 5 minutes or so.
Pumpkin Juice Anyone?
It may not sound as attractive as the former two options, but if somebody doesn’t have a blender, and has a juicer instead, this is a great alternative to get into the autumn spirit. Not all juicer are created alike but most will get the job done here.
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 of a pumpkin – remove the seeds and stems, as well as cut it to fit into your juicer’s chute
- 1 red apple – remove the seeds, stem and core, as well as cut it into smaller pieces to fit
- 1 lemon – cut to fit into juicer
- 1 inch piece of ginger (optional)
Push all of these ingredients through the juicer and get ready to enjoy a tasty beverage that you can serve at Halloween parties.